Cast Away

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    100
    A really classic adventure yarn with one of Hollywood's great actors hitting one out of the ballpark. If you're seeing only one movie this season, this is the obvious choice.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    100
    It's a startling physical transformation, as Noland goes from flabby desk jockey to lean, mean fishing machine. But even more remarkable is the mental transformation Hanks effects.
  3. Hanks towers as a near naked, near biblical man. Zemeckis tells his story -- the screenplay is by William Broyles -- with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.
  4. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    90
    Zemeckis is more interested here in getting us thinking (and feeling) than in telling us what to think.
  5. Finally, the man (Hanks) has delivered a moving, slightly unhappy, and ultimately hopeful story in which squishy love takes a backseat to the wondrous whirlwind of life. The season's most delightful surprise.
  6. A handsomely constructed and executed movie, the kind of effort that deserves appreciation, on its own terms, for what it both dares and accomplishes.
  7. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    88
    Bold, ambitious -- and ambiguous.
  8. 88
    Just be glad that Hanks and Zemeckis toiled mightily to pull off at least two-thirds of a remarkable achievement.
  9. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    88
    An adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
  10. 80
    It's mournful and troubling in a way that goes beyond ordinary movie manipulation. It burns clean.
  11. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Larry Terenzi
    80
    A 25-minute third act is far too short to suffice, especially when the previous two hours are as astute and technically impressive as they are here.
  12. At its best, Cast Away, like "Titanic," awes us with its sheer oceanic sweep and its cosmic apprehension of human insignificance.
  13. If there's anyone who can make this ordeal -- and when you're plumb out of characters, it can be an ordeal -- tolerable, and even entertaining, it's Hanks.
  14. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    Hanks gives possibly the most compelling performance of his career.
  15. The island phase of Hanks' performance is simply amazing.
  16. The middle 90 minutes, which put Hanks alone on an island without voice-over narration or even a musical background, is as risky as anything Hollywood did this year.
  17. Hanks's extraordinary acting keeps the adventure involving even though the beginning is predictable, the middle is uneven, and the finale slips into Zemeckis's patented brand of "Forrest Gump" fuzziness.
  18. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    75
    It's a simple message, and it's delivered with a grace and subtlety that's rare in would-be blockbusters.
  19. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The film's most remarkable achievement, in this culture of clamor, simply may be its decision to keep the volume down, drawing us in as opposed to pummeling us, as most films do.
  20. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    75
    With its weary introductory and concluding passages, it announces itself as the most typical of fare, a real letdown after that stirringly fresh central part.
  21. 75
    Here is a strong and simple story surrounded by needless complications, and flawed by a last act that first disappoints us and then ends on a note of forced whimsy.
  22. 70
    While "Robinson Crusoe" was a paean to the practical middle-class virtues that allowed its industrious hero (and the nation he represents) to re-create civilization out of nothingness, Cast Away is a far less triumphalist peek into the nothingness at the heart of civilization.
  23. This is no film for the squeamish.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    The 80 minutes it spends on the atoll alone with Hanks make for engrossing storytelling. The film is less sure-footed back in civilization.
  25. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    Meticulous, sumptuous production design, and striking visuals compensate for the lack of dramatic momentum in a film that arguably stretches narrative form to its limits.
  26. At its most basic level, Cast Away is a graceful and powerfully rendered survivalist saga.... And yet there's something generic about Chuck's plight. The filmmakers don't opt for the usual happy-face Hollywood ending, but even the half-smile they provide smacks of inspirationalism.
  27. 70
    Solid and inspiring will do nicely for Christmas, but it ought not to be good enough for the Oscar nominations that will almost certainly rain upon this movie's adequate head.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 277 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. Nov 29, 2014
    8
    The grippingly realistic 'Cast Away' is anchored by a spellbinding performance by Tom Hanks and mature direction by Robert Zemeckis toThe grippingly realistic 'Cast Away' is anchored by a spellbinding performance by Tom Hanks and mature direction by Robert Zemeckis to overcome its flaws. Full Review »
  2. Jan 5, 2015
    10
    Absolutely a great preformance by Tom Hanks with directing to match his talent. All I can say is Tom Hank's acting job in this film is prettyAbsolutely a great preformance by Tom Hanks with directing to match his talent. All I can say is Tom Hank's acting job in this film is pretty much the only thing that can make anyone feel for a inanimate object! Full Review »
  3. May 15, 2016
    10
    Remains one of the more vividly transporting films I've come into contact with.

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